6 prospects falling down the Vikings draft board after the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine

Former Alabama cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry
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Prospect No. 5

Leonard Taylor III - DT (Miami)

Leonard Taylor is a guy who has been banking on his upside and athleticism to get him drafted fairly early.

The guy has all the physical traits as he measured in at 6-foot-3.5 and 303 pounds. His arms were a very desirable 33 7/8 inches with 9-inch hands. He was expected to be among the tops at his position in the performance drills but that didn't happen.

Taylor had a 5.12 time in the 40-yard dash and a subpar 7.81 seconds in the 3-cone drill. Those numbers don't cut it for a guy who is all about projecting what he can be off his physical tools and skill set.

That's the big issue with Taylor. He doesn't have the stats to fall back on, as he just lacked production throughout his career as a Hurricane.

So what are teams going to do with had a poor workout, and doesn't have the numbers from his playing days in college? They are going to move him down their rankings.

The Vikings have use for a player with Taylor's size and ability. However, his poor showing, combined with his lack of production, has to move him down from being a potential option in round two to being a Day 3 pick, and a late one at that.